Bill Jacobson

Biography

Bill Jacobson (*1955, Norwich, USA) has been making photographs for over forty years. Though his methods have varied considerably, the work is joined by underlying concerns with memory, perception and the ways photography can simultaneously represent both absence and presence.

Prior to moving to New York in 1982, he received a BA from Brown University (1977) and an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute (1981). He has exhibited widely in the US and Europe, and is in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum; Whitney Museum; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Brooklyn Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Victoria and Albert Museum, and many others.

Jacobson received fellowships from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2017), the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (2012), the Aaron Siskind Foundation (1995), and the New York Foundation for the Arts (1994).  He has had seven residencies at MacDowell Colony and also attended Yaddo, Civitella Rainieri Foundation, Bogliasco Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Edward Albee Foundation.  For the past decade he has been critique faculty in the ICP/Bard Collge MFA program.

Bill Jacobson (*1955, Norwich, USA) fotografiert seit über 40 Jahren. Obwohl seine Methoden variieren, beschäftigt sich seine Arbeit doch immer mit grundsätzlichen Fragen nach Erinnerung, Wahrnehmung und den Möglichkeiten der fotografischen Darstellung.

Bill Jacobson studierte an der Brown University (BA, 1977) und am San Francisco Art Institute (MFA, 1981), bevor er 1982 nach New York kam. Seine Arbeit wird in den USA und in Europa ausgestellt und ist in wichtigen Sammlungen vertreten, wie der des Guggenheim Museum; Whitney Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Brooklyn Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Victoria and Albert Museum, London und vielen anderen.

Jacobson erhielt Stipendien von der Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2017), der John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (2012), der Aaron Siskind Foundation (1995) und der New York Foundation for the Arts (1994). Er erhielt zahlreiche Künstler-Residenzen sowohl mehrfach in der MacDowell Colony als auch in Yaddo, der Civitella Rainieri Foundation, der Bogliasco Foundation, des Blue Mountain Center, des Virginia Center for the Creative Arts und der Edward Albee Foundation. In den letzten zehn Jahren war er außerdem als Dozent am ICP / Bard Collge MFA-Programms tätig.

2018
“On Disappearing and Appearing; On the Ephemeral in Photography”, Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung, Berlin, Germany
2018
“Nature Morte”, Guildhall, London, UK
2017
“figure, ground”, Julie Saul Gallery, New York City, USA
2017
“Recent Acquisitions”, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, USA
2016
“Art AIDS America”, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, New York City, USA
2011
“Into the Loving Nowhere (1989-Now)”, Julie Saul Gallery, New York City, USA
2009
“funny, cry, happy”, Langhans Galerie, Prague, Czech Republic
2009
“American Trip, 1974-1978 + A Series of Human Decisions”, Exile, Berlin, Germany
2007
“New Year’s Day”, M+B, Los Angeles, USA
2007
“Interim Thoughts, and Others”, FRAC Haute-Normandie, Rouen, France
2017
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
2012
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship
1995
Photographer’s Fellowship, Aaron Siskind Foundation
1994
Photographer’s Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts
2018
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, USA
2016
MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, UK
2014
Bogliasco Foundation, Bogliasco, Italy
2013
Civitella Reniera Foundation, Umbertide, Italy
1997
Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, USA

“945 Madison Avenue” (text by David Deitcher)

Some Planes Press, New York City, USA

“figure, ground” (texts by Bill Arning, Robert Gluck and Barbara Stehle)

Some Planes Press, New York City, USA

“Place (Series)” (poem by Maureen N. McLane)

Radius Books, Santa Fe, USA

“48 Great Jones St” (interview with Chris Wallace)

3.1 Phillip Lim, New York City, USA

“A Series of Human Decisions” (interview with Ian Berry)

Decode Books, Seattle, USA

“Photographs” (text by Eugenia Parry)

Hatje Cantz, Stuttgart, Germany

“1989-1997” (story by Klaus Kertess)

Twin Palms Publishers, Santa Fe, USA

Exhibitions